If you have a history of fracture from osteoporosis or weakness from events such as surgery, opening the fridge door can be a significant (and potentially dangerous) activity. In this video I am going to share some opening fridge safety tips.
Opening Fridge Safety Tips
Here are several opening fridge safety tips you should follow to avoid an injury or fracture.
- Apply a bit of vegetable oil along the rubber seal to reduce the force of the magnet that holds the fridge door closed.
- As you stand ready to open the fridge door, get into a staggered stance (like a boxer). Do not have your feet parallel or side-by-side.
- Place the front foot about twelve inches to the outside of the fridge.
- Your back foot is best aligned in line with the handle.
- Keep the elbow of the arm that is pulling at a 90 degree angle.
- As you engage, shift weight forward to the front foot.
- As you pull, shift your weight onto the back foot.
- Remember to take in a breath before you start and exhale as you pull the door open.
- To protect your neck, keep you tongue relaxed and placed at the roof of your mouth.
I had to replace the handle of my fridge because I used too much force opening up the fridge. The gentleman who sold me the handle gave me a tip to reduce the resistance from the fridge (he explained to me that manufacturers have increased the magnet strength used inside door fridges and he had an increased demand for fridge door handles lately!).
I thank him for the suggestion to use vegetable oil on the inside rubber strip to create a film between the rubber and the fridge body.
Give it a try and see if this helps you open the fridge door.
Opening Fridge Safety Tips Video Demonstration
Over the years, I have had so many clients who have been deconditioned from prolonged hospital stays or other medical conditions, that the opening of their fridge door has been an exhausting task.
After I snapped off the handle of my fridge door just from opening it with so much force, I had to search out a new handle and in doing so found this wonderful gentleman who not only was able to find a new handle, but was able to provide me with a tip of how to reduce the friction so that I don’t snap off another handle.
He suggested that you take a little bit of vegetable oil and you apply it along the rubber seal where the fridge door meets the fridge.
If you apply that oil all the way down, along the whole length of the seal, it reduces the resistance that’s required then to pull open your fridge door.
For many clients, I did not know this in the past. My apologies and hope this tip brings much more delight in your daily activities around meal planning.
For those of you who don’t have any pain or discomfort, but just want to save yourself the headache of replacing your fridge door handle and the expense, I hope this tip was helpful.
That’s all for MelioGuide today, thanks for tuning in.
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